The companies Emerald Technology Ventures and South Pole employ proven experts with many years of experience in corporate finance, startups and sustainability. This expertise enables an in-depth, accurate assessment of whether applicants fulfil the legal criteria of environmental benefits, market opportunities and creditworthiness for issuing a loan guarantee.
Emerald Technology Ventures is a globally recognized investment firm and strategic innovation partner, with offices in Zurich, Toronto and Singapore. Founded in 2000, it has raised five venture capital funds, backed 70 emerging industrial technology leaders through over 400 venture investment transactions and managed five third-party investment mandates. Emerald is a trusted open innovation partner for sustainable impact of numerous multi-national corporations, leveraging deep industry expertise and rich global deal flow in the areas of energy, water, industrial IT, advanced materials, recycling, mobility, robotics and agriculture.
South Pole, originally an ETH Zurich spin-off, has spread to almost every continent on the globe since its foundation in 2006. With 18 branches all around the world and more than 400 employees, South Pole enables the implementation and operation of around 700 projects globally that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, increased use of renewable energy sources and better energy efficiency.
Emerald manages around 2/3 of applications and South Pole manages around 1/3.
Should a business or private relationship exist between Emerald and a particular applicant, South Pole will take over the review of the application and monitoring of the loan guarantee. The same applies in the event of a relationship between South Pole and an applicant: Emerald will take over the application review and monitoring.
An application can also be handed over during the review process should a situation arise that places the independence of the reviewer in question. In this case, the handover will take place following the completion of the ongoing review stage, if possible, in order to avoid creating an additional burden for the applicant.
This measure allows the management agency to guarantee an independent, neutral application review process.